The Jackson Sun has a report on Bolivar being designated the No. 1 “redneck city” in Tennessee by and Lexington coming in at No. 5 in an “infotainment” rating by the website Roadsnacks.net.
The Tennessee ratings are HERE. The website is doing the same for other Southern states (and selling t-shirts) using criteria such as number of “dive bars,” gun and ammo stores, Wal-Mart stores, tobacco stores and high school graduates.
The top ten in Tennessee:
From the Sun article:
Mayor Barrett Stevens of Bolivar said the article had a poor methodology — although Bolivar does boast three gun shops and a Wal-Mart.
“I’m not really pleased, but I’m sort of tickled by it,” Stevens said. “I don’t agree with their rationale, but I guess you can call me a college-educated redneck.”
Mayor David Jowers of Lexington said several people had asked him about the article, which he had not read prior to speaking with The Jackson Sun.
“I don’t know where that jargon comes from,” Jowers said. “I have no idea where they did the survey and I don’t think they’ve ever been to Lexington and I’ll leave it at that. Most people in West Tennessee know what’s here in Lexington — and it’s certainly not a redneck town.”
According to the article by Nick James, it used the definition of “redneck” from Merriam-Webster: “A white person who lives in a small town or in the country especially in the southern U.S., who typically has a working-class job, and who is seen by others as being uneducated and having opinions and attitudes that are offensive.”
Stevens pointed out that 90 percent of high school students graduate in Bolivar and that 61 percent of the city is African American.
The article looked at cities with more than 5,000 people, calculating the least amount of high school graduates per capita.